Friday, September 14, 2012

"Blood and Sand" Cocktail Recipe

Blood and Sand is a scotch based cocktail introduced in 1922. It was named for Rudolph Valentino's 1922 bullfighter movie Blood and Sand. The red juice of the blood orange in the drink helped link it with the film. The recipe first appeared in The Savoy Cocktail Book, originally published in 1930. Blood and Sand is one of the few classic mixed drinks that includes scotch.

Manresa Blood and Sand
3/4 ounce Talisker scotch
3/4 ounce Noilly Prat Rouge
3/4 ounce cherry infused rum, or substitute with Heering cherry liquor
2 dashes orange bitters
Orange peel
Luxardo cherries

• Add all liquid ingredients to stirring glass with ice and stir.
• Strain into coup.
• To garnish, take a long twist from an orange and clean up the edges. Stick a tooth pick through the twist, then through a Luxardo cherry, then back through the twist, wrapping it around half of the cherry, and repeat with another cherry.